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Progress and delay in Africa - updated briefing from the Global Initiative

Seven African states have achieved prohibition of corporal punishment of children in all settings, including the home, and recommendations to prohibit all corporal punishment of children have been accepted by 17 African states. On the other hand, 25% of Africa’s children live in states where corporal punishment is not fully prohibited in any setting.

These facts and more are graphically…

Progress and delay in achieving universal prohibition - updated briefing from the Global Initiative

The popular summary of global progress and delay in achieving universal prohibition of all corporal punishment of children, including in the home, has been revised and updated.

The recent adoption of the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its target of ending all violence against children requires renewed attention to prohibiton and elimination of corporal punishment in…

Progress towards prohibition in ASEAN member states - a new briefing from the Global Initiative

The ASEAN Declaration on Human Rights, adopted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in 2012, states that all persons are born free and equal in dignity and rights (article 1) and that no person shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (article 14).Not one of the 10 ASEAN member states has prohibited all corporal punishment of children, but…

States respond to recommendations to prohibit corporal punishment made at UPR 22nd session

At the 30th session of the Human Rights Council, held in September/October 2015, the working group reports of states reviewed in the 22nd session of the UPR in May 2015 were adopted and governments responded to the recommendations that were made during their reviews. Ten states received recommendations concerning corporal punishment of children…

New briefing on indicators on violent punishment for the Sustainable Development Goals

The Global Initiative has produced a new briefing to promote the adoption of indicators on violent punishment for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - the 17 global goals which make up the the 2030…

African e-newsletter issue 20 now available (September 2015)

This latest edition of the African newsletter includes news of national and global campaigns and other moves towards prohibition of corporal punishment of children in Africa, as well as information from human rights monitoring bodies in Africa and beyond. We hope this newsletter will be a useful resource to support individuals and organisations campaigning to prohibit…

Caribbean Coalition for the Abolition of Corporal Punishment of Children e-newsletter issue 5 now available

The Caribbean Coalition for the Abolition of Corporal Punishment of Children (CCACPC) has released the fifth issue of its e-newsletter. Major news in the region includes the achievement of prohibition of violent punishment of children in all settings except the family home in Trinidad & Tobago and the new commitment by the Global Movement for Children to prioritise advocacy for prohibition in the…

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recommends prohibition of all corporal punishment of children

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has published its concluding observations on states examined at its 14th session in August/September 2015.

In its observations on Qatar, the Committee expressed concern at the legality of corporal…

Human Rights Committee recommends prohibition of all corporal punishment in the UK and in all its territories and dependencies

At its 114th session in June/July, the Human Rights Committee examined states on their implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Policital Rights - including on the obligation to prohibit all corporal punishment of children. The Committee made the following observation and recommendation in its concluding observations on the review of the UK:

“The…

States respond to recommendations to prohibit corporal punishment made at the UPR 21st session

At 29th session of the Human Rights Council, held in May/June 2015, the working group reports of states reviewed in the 21st session of the UPR in January 2015 were adopted and governments responded to the…

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